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Bent But Not Broken is an unflinchingly honest memoir about the onset of Peyronie’s disease, a painful and sexually limiting condition that is estimated to affect more than 5% of the worldwide adult male population. Don Cummings writes humorously about the emotional and collateral damage brought on by a suddenly curved penis as he struggles to maintain his sense of sex and ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published March 15th 2019 by Heliotrope Books LLC
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Sara Strand
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm going to tell you completely up front that this book contains sexual content and talks about M/M sexual encounters so if that is not your thing or if your progressive, cool friend would consider you a prude, you need to skip this one all together because there aren't enough pearls in the world for you to clutch.

Alright, so this book is a memoir of sorts about a man who develops Peyronie's disease. Did you know this was even a thing? I did not but being honest, it's not like I've come face t
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Christine Rollando
A brilliant and witty intermingling of the tale of a man’s penis on Peyronies and its role in his love, loves and life history. The pages keep turning as we accompany the author in his penile straightening journey in parallel with his equally tortuous journey through his long term love and marriage.
Janine
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Synopsis - In this honest memoir, Don Cummings tells the story about how he drew the short stick in the life and was diagnosed with Peyronie’s Disease which is a sudden and painful curvature of the penis.

Review - So, in my household we call a penis, a penis. If you call it a peen, wee wee, weiner, wang, schlong or Kevin and the word penis makes you uncomfortable than be prepared to feel uncomfortable. This memoir is really about more than his penis, don’t get me wrong it’s a lot about
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Melissa
When I was approached to review this memoir, I hesitated, not because of the material, but because whenever I review a memoir, I feel a little like I'm sitting in judgement of the author's life, rather than the specific work. Ultimately, I chose to read and review Bent But Not Broken because I felt Mr. Cummings's story should be treated with the same respect and sensitivity we give to every woman who writes about dealing with breast cancer. Just because his memoir has to do with a disease of the ...more
Peter Landau
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read only one book about penises this year make it BENT BUT NOT BROKEN by Don Cummings. I don’t say that just because Don is a friend. He’s also a hilarious writer and penis is a subject that hasn’t received the column inches it deserves. Who doesn’t like penises? Men love them, women love them and even radical feminists are obsessed to the point of wanting to castrate them. But penises have mostly been stretched into pornographic tales or cautionary ones. Few have focused a memoir on the ...more
TheReadingCornerforAll Lopez
Peyronie's disease is commonly defined as: "the development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections."*

For Don Cummings, Peyronie's disease is a diagnosis that ignites: a journey of self discovery, examination of his sexuality, and quest to regain a sense of normality. 

This debut memoir chronicles Don's life as he navigates the diagnosis that suddenly has him questioning his manhood through an open- often humorous- narrative. Don's straightforward nature rega
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Caity
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from Goodreads first reads program.

This is a fascinating memoir, the author is funny and authentic creating a friendly open vibe for the book. It feels almost like a conversation. I would recommend this book not only for anyone dealing with Peyronie's disease but also with any other medical condition that effects their sense of self. The author's insights into how changes in the body change how one views themselves and their future are really excellent. I think anyo
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Ann
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my brother-in-law’s memoir. Because I’m familiar with many of the characters, I loved it. But even if I were not, I would’ve enjoyed this book. It is a beautiful story of overcoming Peyronie’s Disease, a long term relationship that weathered the storm, and flashbacks to a childhood of a gay boy coming to terms with his sexuality. It’s funny, sad, bawdy, insightful, and an amazing read.
Earl H.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inspirational and healing read

I am a physician, this is a challenging and emotionally charged issue, Don’s adventure is uniquely his but thru his raw, personal and witty diatribe (his words) there is a gift of hope, healing and even a bit of a chuckle and joy...or blood rushing below!
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DON CUMMINGS lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Adam Waring, and Maude.

His love-sex-and-health memoir, Bent But not Broken, was released March 15, 2019 by Heliotrope Books. Don has been published in literary journals and often performs his stories at venues around the country: Comedy Central’s Sit ‘n Spin, HBO Workspace, Brooklyn Reading Works, Tell It!, Personal Space and True Story. His many
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